Big Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #544
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,923
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 4.67%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
65
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Notes: Originally brewed to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2019, BIG YETI clocks in at a massive 13.5% ABV. This robust, roasty, caramel and toffee imbued malty treat is as imposing as the Himalayas but decidedly easier to surmount. Well-rounded and refined, consider it the elder statement of the Yeti Clan, but also consider it the most elusive.
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 19.2-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Glass: Ball 16-oz. mason jar
Price: $29.99 for a mixed 3-pack of Yeti’s + Great Divide Brussels glass
From: Cheers Deli in San Carlos (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Nov. 12, 2020
Consumed: Dec. 11, 2020
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 3, 2020 at 11:33 a.m. MT

Stopped by Cheers Deli for the first time and forever for a sandwich. Picked up a 4-pack of Kern Nelson IPA, but then when I was waiting for the sandwich I saw this deal. After some thought I figured it was a great deal and I went with it. It was three variants of Yeti - Chocolate Cherry Yeti, Big Yeti and S’mores Yeti - plus a Great Divide Brussels glass for $29.99. All ones I wanted anyway (plus the peanut butter one) and for cheaper than most places. Put the Kern beers back and picked this up. Back of the can read, “originally brewed to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2019, Big Yeti clocks in at a massive 13.5 pct. This robust, roasty, caramel and toffee imbued malty treat is as imposing as the Himalayas but decidedly easier to surmount. Well-rounded and refined, consider it the elder statesman of the Yet Clan, but also consider it the most elusive.”

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki tan head. Just some light bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Almost perfect spiderweb lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled roasty malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, semi-char wood, black coffee, brown sugar and milk chocolate. Not quite as good out of the can. (Smell - 4.25)

First thing on the taste was how smooth it was for 13.5 pct. Got roasty malts, dark chocolate, char wood, black coffee, sticky molasses, toasted brown sugar, vanilla and dark milk chocolate. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky-to-slick texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just a great beer for what it was. World-class. (Overall - 4.50)

4.34 | 96 | A

Mar 16, 2021
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black with a thick fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, coffee

Flavor: roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, maybe some dark fruits and sweet vanilla, subtle alcohol that blends well with the flavors.

Body/Overall: full bodied, smooth, delicious

Feb 27, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

19.2 oz can

Black in color, thick dark brown colored head. Nice lacing. Aroma and taste is much less bitter and more dark fruit flavor than the regular Yeti. A touch boozy. A lot of dark chocolate, a little sweet. Full bodied, nice smooth mouthfeel.

Feb 27, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

19.2oz can poured into a snifter.

A: An absolute use-motor-oil pour; opaque and jet black and viscous with a tiny head that fizzles quickly away and a liquid that stains the glass brown.

S&T: Enormous roasted malt character, upfront and throughout. Impressions of brewers licorice and blackstrap molasses, the types of dark sugars that usually lean 'caramel' but that descriptor isn't what I get here. There is a mild earthiness that blends with the roasted malt and mellow dark sweetness so well - could it be some hops hanging on? Tobacco leaf character reminiscent of dark, sticky dried figs or dates. There are faint impressions of coffee, cocoa, and char, with a ghost-like kiss of smoke. Rich, and complex.

MF: Velvety, coating mouthfeel with lower carbonation and a big big body that slightly hides the booze at this age. Still warming in the chest.

O: Absolutely amazing stuff in my opinion. Don't know what to compare it to; there are moments it reminds me of Old Rasputin, and then the Abyss, and then Brooklyn Black Chocolate or Bells Expedition. These are all great brews, and only one of them is barrel aged, but they all have a similar profile in my memory; big brews with lots of roast, char, mild smoke, present earthy hops, with a sweetness that leans towards tobacco and molasses, rather than milk chocolate or caramel. However similar they are though, Big Yeti turns it up to 11 for me. I loved this.

Feb 01, 2021
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Olesjm from Kansas

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour is very dark brown-black with a dark tan to brown head. Moderate head retention, pretty good for this ABV. Beer is completely opaque even with a bright 120 lumen surefire light. If I could find my 1200 lumen dive light I'd try that out of curiosity, but I can't find it.
Nose is dark roasted malt, coffee, caramel, booze sweetness.
Taste is a huge wave of chocolate, and vanilla, latte. midway through is fresh brewed black coffee. A touch of cigar tobacco complete with the little bit of dryness and mouth burn that comes with a good cigar.
Alcohol is very well hidden, subtly warming the belly and throat. Charred oak and a touch of smoke, and marshmallow, reveal themselves as the beer warms. Finish is lingering fudge, chocolate, roasted grain.
Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Dec 03, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19.2 oz can from the Boise Co-op. Near black pour, fizzy brown head. Booze hits first on the aroma, roasty malts, chocolate. Taste favors the chocolate, sweet, roasty, then some alcohol burn. Still pretty smooth.

Jul 19, 2020
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is pitch black with a deep cinnamon head. Good retention for almost 14%
Nose is dark roasted malt, coffee, caramel, booze sweetness.
Taste is a huge wave of chocolate, and vanilla, latte. midway through is fresh brewed black coffee. Coconut. A touch of cigar tobacco, leather. Excellent beer.
Alcohol is very well hidden, subtly warming the belly. Charred oak and a touch of smoke, and marshmallow, reveal themselves as the beer warms. Finish is lingering fudge, chocolate, roasted coconut. Tons going on here.
Thick, creamy mouthfeel.
Excellent beer

May 02, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes 3/11/20
Had on-tap at Great Divide in the Denver International Aiport, Denver, CO

Appearance - Served up in a snifter, pitch black with a light tan, consistent layer of suds across the top. Nice lacing, with thick webbing, lines and some small spitting.

Smell - Chocolatey, roasty aroma with a bit of cream. Hint of caramel.

Taste - Big, creamy chocolate upfront, folllowed quickly coffee roast and a hint of smokey char. Mid-taste brings some caramel sweetness and a hint of toffee. Balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth, creamy with a bit of stickiness as it dries in the finish.

Overall - This 25th anniversary is tops! Nice, complex flavor that fits together well, and the smooth drinking betrays the 13.5 percentage. Make this a yearly offering

Apr 11, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of roasted barley, leather, and tobacco. I’m tasting plums, tobacco, leather, and dark roasted barley. The mouth is dense, chewy, and sticky.

Apr 04, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a good find this beer was and I saved it for my 3,400th anniversary. Got it at the local Devil Dogs for just 7 bucks quite a steal since most stores had it for 10-12 dollars if not more
A - Deep dark blackness thick viscous with a surprising 1/4 inch of deep mocha foam that sits atop for quite a bit making a good ring.
S - Not as much ashy roast or bitter hops than I expected in the nose mostly sweet chocolates espresso notes and just a hint of dark fruit.
T - Sweet roasty with bittering hops and slight smokey ash leading to some dark fruits and a mix of bitter and bakers chocolate. Finish is way better than I expected for the ABV smooth and hoppy.
M - After trying some of the oak barrel aged Yeti's this one is exceptional syrup like with no lingering ethanol notes. Really warms the belly
Overall WOW what a big anniversary ale and at a great price to boot wish I grabbed two! Worth picking up if you can still find it!

Mar 02, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Very tall boi pours into a chalice with a black as can be body and a very dark, cocoa tinged cap that rises to two fingers high. Luscious and thick foamy consistency with great retention. A wide ring around the edges leaves heaping sheets of lacing all around the glass.

S- A mix of huge bitter dark roast grains, sweet chocolate malts and dark dried fruits. Brownies and dark baking chocolate lead off with dried cherries, plums and raisin as well as strong toasted nuts, ashy burnt barley, fudge and some milk chocolate. Just a bit of earthy hops come through among the massive grains. Hints of coffee and booze.

T- The booze definitely comes out more and it accentuates the very bitter roasted grains, dark roast coffee, baking chocolate and toasted nuts quite a bit. The booze isn't offending but it hits you more than the nose as it cuts out a lot of the sweetness on the taste buds. In the finish the dark fruits come out with raisin and prunes mostly coming out. In the end, the bitter roast grains run the show and everything from the heavily browned to pure black barley are massive here. A hint of citrus oil and earthy.

MF- Thick but insanely creamy at the same time. Definitely on the chewy and real whipped cream spectrum with a silky smoothness and a medium-low level of carbonation. Ends warm with heavy bitterness and char lingering on the palate.

For the ABV this holds up and continues along the lines of the Yeti series quite well. That being said it sort of lacks that signature flavor to be front and central in the beer and for everything else to be balanced around. Rather good but not the best of the beasts.

Feb 01, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

19.2oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Big roasty taste with coffee, malt, chocolate, toffee and vanilla.

Jan 03, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Caliente Pizza & Draft House in Mt Lebenon. On draft. Smokey. Heavy. Surprised that the alcohol doesn't overpower. Nice and smooth. Glad to have tried this.

Dec 31, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

19.2oz can poured into a small snifter.

A: Inky black with a one finger brown head. Spotty lacing.

S: Espresso and chocolate covered coffee beans. German chocolate cake. Layers of roast. Woody and earthy. Hops bring whiffs of pine and bark. Faint alcohol. Subtle berry-like darkfruit.

T: German chocolate cake up front. Bakers chocolate, unsweetened dark chocolate, fudgey brownies. Ample woody roast and espresso. A big dose of earthy hops bring notes of mint, pine, and bark. Subtle berry darkfruit. Dry throughout. Long finish of smoke, bitter dark chocolate, and earthy hops.

M: Full, creamy, and decadent. Thick and creamy texture like fine, melted chocolate. Carbonation is fine and scrubs gently. Airy and whipped sort of texture.

O: This is a fantastic beer. It is a lot better than the original Yeti in my mind, and the original Yeti is a classic. The abv is impossibly well-hidden, the mouthfeel is ridiculous, and the flavor profile just melds perfectly. It’s like Yeti got sent to finishing school and grew into a sophisticated gentleman. Where the original is bold and brash, this is refined and nuanced while still true to its nature. An instant classic and a must-try. This needs to be brewed again. It’s probably the best imperial stout I’ve had in all of 2019.

Dec 30, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raw motor oil we've got here.

It's all about the eartiness of the hops and the burnt, roasted parts of the malts.
The texture is thick but the beer remains dry.
A big yeti indeed.

Dec 03, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:. Pours a pitch black with a small tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Big notes of roast, Ash, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, some dark stone fruit, hint of booze. Smells decadent and inviting.

T:. Lots of dark roasted malt, Ash, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, cherry, black licorice, dark stone fruit and booze. A very decadent and tasty beer.

F:. Thick and chewy but still super smooth.

O:. The Yeti series never disappoints and this one is great.

Dec 01, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mouthfeel: Starting here as it's the most intense aspect of this beer. So big, so heavy, full chew, milkshake thick, so drying oily finish.

Appearance: Black as Dick Cheney's soul, bright back light shows a ruby glow. Struggles to hold a thin tan collar of foam.

Aroma: Malt, dark malt extract, hints of west coast citric hops, vanilla? A cola note of some sort, seems spice driven but can't put my finger on it.

Taste: Yeti, but... bigger. Heavy malt, cold coffee, hints of chocolate, there has to be a lot of hops keeping this from being too sweet to drink, but they just peek through, hints of orange peel citric.

Overall: Oh my. This is very nice. A wonderful 25th birthday bash. Cheers to Great Divide, great work in a well executed beer. It's huge, but very drinkable. The greedy part of me wants to ask that you put it out as your standard Birthday beer each year. I'd buy it. Long live Big Yeti, long live Great Divide!

Nov 23, 2019
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HipCzech from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: 19.2 oz can poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter. 2019 release.

Appearance: Inky deep, dark brown with a short lived cap of brown foam and some wispy lace.

Smell: Full aroma of roasted malt, baking chocolate, coffee beans and earthy hops.

Taste: Big malty body with plenty of roasted notes, dark chocolate and espresso, hints of dark fruit, char and earth, and balancing bitterness. Hints of alcohol, but not near it’s actual ABV.

Mouthfeel: Full body and velvety feel with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Big, bold and boozy Yeti, full of roasted malt goodness and packing plenty of strength.

Nov 04, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019-10-30
19.2oz stovepipe can served in a snifter. Canned May 21 or 24, probably 2019, but the stamp goes over the edge and I can't read it.

Pours black with an initially medium sized head that fades moderately quickly to a fairly small head. Something very pretty about this beer. Smell is smoke, booze, coffee.

Taste is rich, roasty, anise is strong but not overpowering, something makes me think of chocolate (actually, maybe cocoa nibs).

Mouthfeel is thick velvet. Overall, this is a really good beer.

Oct 31, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a thumb of hazel/brown head. Viscious, no head retention or lacing

S: Carob, vanilla & cocoa; booze once warm

T: Carob, coffee, Baker's chocolate, roasty dryness & little plum up front. Carob, leafy hops, woodyness & roastyness as this warms. Finishes woody, boozey, with coffee, caramel & a little plum

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, warming

ABV is noticable, but not off-putting, a very nice Yeti off-shoot

Oct 19, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stovepipe can poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy dark brown head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- roasted barley gives way to aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, black licorice, brown sugar, dark roast coffee, vanilla, hint of piney hops

T- lots of chocolate notes up front, as well as some dark fruit notes of fig and raisin. Mid-palate gives notes of coffee, charred malt, vanilla cream and anise. The finish is sweet and boozy, with more chocolate, as well as some lingering piney hops

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a warm boozy finish

O- when it comes to straight up, no adjunct imperial stouts, these guys are some of the best. I prefer the original Yeti, but this is certainly worth a try

Oct 18, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a stovepipe can from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 7-24-19 for $11.99. Canned on 6-25-19; consumed on 10-10-19.

Beer poured black as night with a solid tan head with the original pour.

Nose is wonderful, dark chocolate dominates and permeates the senses!

Taste is dark chocolate forward over a huge roasted malt base with the chocolate complementing things very well. Hopping is huge and balances things very well.

Mouthfeel is huge providing a viscosity that is very smooth and satisfying.

Overall definitely a fun beer to try, happy anniversary to Great Divide!

Oct 11, 2019
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with silky cream-like head of light brown-very thick head initially...lacing sticks to the sides as it sits in the stout glass.
Nose is mostly pleasant coffee, with a hint of hops and certainly some alcohol.
Taste is roasted coffee with some black licorice and chocolate notes...it’s tough as Im congested as all get out, but these notes I pick up. After a few minutes it seems raspberry is present. Nothing is too sweet. Tobacco is another pick-up.
Feel is slick, medium mouthfeel, silky smooth, slightly dry but balanced in the finish.
This is a big Yeti for sure. If you like tasty and imperial stouts with complex flavors, you’ll want to grab this.

Oct 04, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the surface seems like it should be just a bigger Yeti. So happy to try 25th Anniversary of one of my old favorite breweries. Still not high expectations. Grabbed a can at Perfect Pour more out of celebration than looking for a great beer.
What a great surprise. As expected a rich dark pour with creamy tan head; rich and full but relatively soon to lacing and a halo. At >13%... no surprise on head retention.
Nose was gentle but clearly notable for chocolate, caramelized sugars and hints of hops, licorice and dried fruit. Taste exaggerated all of this adding vanilla, coffee, greater hop bitterness and toffee. Mouth feel was superb... thick and creamy; oily but no syrup or cloying character. Rich and decadent.
Overall I was a bit surprised to see most ratings place this @ 4.25. So I drank the second half side by side with a Ten Fidy which averages 4.4. I love Ten Fidy as a great easily available every day stout.
Having said that side by side / same glassware / same temperature...the Big Yeti was richly more complex and pleasing in flavor and remarkably more enjoyable in feel. Easily supported higher price point (especially for a low volume release). Felt very comfortable giving Big Yeti a big thumbs up. IF you like huge creamy Imperial Stouts in their natural unadulterated by barrel or adjuncts ... I highly recommend you grab one of these before they’re gone. Beautifully crafted beer GD...Kudos!

Sep 28, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with three fingers of thick, dense caramel foam that is nearly edible. Head retention is fantastic. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely, earthy malts that contain just a smidge of bitterness. Caramel, toffee and chocolate come over the top with just a touch of sweetness, landing the complete aroma in a never balanced area. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy, bready malts with caramel, rye bread, toffee, molasses, chocolate and coffee all coming through in droves. It's big and flavorful for nearly 90% of the flavor profile duration. As the beer fades, there are bits and pieces of toffee, chocolate and coffee left on the palate. Mouth feel is chewy with a heavy creamy texture. It has a thick, full consistency. Overall, big and mighty with a splendidly smooth aroma and flavor profile.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16.9oz can.

Sep 17, 2019
Big Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 65 ratings